sourness, with roughness or astringency of taste.
harshness or severity, as of temper or expression.
“Thank ye kindly,” the big man replied with some acerbity, and plunged out into the darkness and rain.
Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
After a time Mern suggested with acerbity that Craig was incoherent.
Joan of Arc of the North Woods Holman Day
“Of course we like good manners, though they are not your weakness,” interrupts his wife, with acerbity.
A House-Party Ouida
Much annoyed, I answered with some acerbity, bidding her kindly to be gone.
Fibble, D. D. Irvin Shrewsbury Cobb
Several ladies were in there, buying perfumes, and they looked with acerbity at this disordered dirty female entering among them.
Saint’s Progress John Galsworthy
“I have no doubt he is a thief,” continued Aunt Maria, with acerbity.
Phil the Fiddler Horatio Alger, Jr.
Instead of heeding this witness she went on with acerbity: “It might surely have occurred to you that something would come up.”
What Maisie Knew Henry James
“And a jolly lot that means to me,” retorted Masters, with acerbity.
The Tempering Charles Neville Buck
His acerbity passed away, and in later life was reserved exclusively for official witnesses before parliamentary committees.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 10, Slice 2 Various
“Certainly not that of Evolution,” she said with some acerbity.
The Song of the Wolf Frank Mayer
noun (pl) -ties
vitriolic or embittered speech, temper, etc
sourness or bitterness of taste
1570s, from Middle French acerbité, from Latin acerbitatem (nominative acerbitas) “harshness, sharpness, bitterness,” from acerbus “bitter to taste, sharp, sour, tart” (related to acer “sharp;” cf. Latin superbus “haughty,” from super “above”), from Proto-Italic *akro-po- “sharp,” from PIE *ak- “sharp” (see acrid). Earliest use in English is figurative, of “sharp and bitter” persons. Of tastes, from 1610s.
noun a fear of sourness Word Origin Latin acerbus ‘sour’
1 . having no antennae. having no horns.
pertaining to growth, especially of fungi, that forms a dense, heaped-up mass. adjective growing in heaps or clusters
(in certain fungi) an asexual fruiting body consisting of a mat of hyphae that give rise to short-stalked conidiophores. acervulus a·cer·vu·lus (ə-sûr’vyə-ləs) n. pl. a·cer·vu·li (-lī’) See brain sand.